I don't disagree. I personally find the whole "crypto currency" thing to be vaporware. It offers nothing for all the energy which is consumed to mine it. As you have said, it has no tangible value and is strictly intrinsic in nature, whereas our US dollar does have actual monetary value despite not having a physical backing as it did when we were on the gold standard.I know this is legitimate, and I know all the arguments about the value of cryptocurrencies. But, is it just me, or does the whole "license to print money" thing just not feel right? Adding endless amounts of monetary wealth to the world without actually adding any kind of real world value or product will undoubtedly lead to a huge amount of inflation just as if money were being printed. This is because goods and services are beginning to be traded in cryptocurrencies themselves without the need to convert into standard currency first, so this is like a de facto printing of currency. If that weren't bad enough, eventually it's going to cost more to create a particular cryptocurrency than it is worth; at which point the coin won't be mined anymore and perception of that coin will head into a downward spiral and any previously mined coins of that type will become hugely discounted with everyone dumping them at the same time. If it can't be mined profitably anymore, the perception of that coin will head into a downward spiral. The only value of the coin is what people think it is worth -- much like any other trendy collectable item. It is true, that the U.S. dollar isn't technically backed by a specific security (such as gold) but it is backed and regulated by the U.S. government which makes all the difference. The really sad thing is that by the time we get to that point where cryptocurrencies are crashing, there will be banks and governments tied into crypto and it will drag all of us down as if we were anchored onto the Titanic itself. Sorry to be such a downer, but oh well.... class dismissed.